Based out of Milwaukee, WI the Monarch Ensemble is committed to providing quality music at an affordable rate. We will work with you to make your special event even more beautiful and memorable!
Laura Holveck, flautist of Monarch Ensemble, has studied and performed flute for over 20 years. Laura's most notable achievements include 4.5 years as principal flautist of the Carroll Wind Symphony, and former member of Quintessence Wind Quintet, both of Waukesha, WI. She was internationally selected to perform in orchestras and chamber ensembles during the 2002 and 2003 Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. Laura performed with the Monarch Wind Quartet from 2012-2015. Laura has spent the last twelve years collaborating with her colleagues Kaylyn Ruemler, and Paula Leigeb in various music ensembles and is excited to join forces with the excellent Alicia Storin. Laura enjoys creating an atmosphere of emotions through the stories found in music.
Laura is a devoted mother and case manager-therapist for people with persistent mental illness. Laura spends the remainder of her free time with her cat and enjoys ballroom dancing with her husband, James. James is a constant support of the Monarch Wind experience and is the resident photographer for the quartet. You can find more of his photographs at White Night Photography.
Kaylyn Ruemler is the oboist for the Monarch Ensemble. She is a 2011 graduate of Carroll University, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Bachelor’s in Sociology. Kaylyn has been playing oboe since age eleven, and is an active musician in the state of Wisconsin. While studying at Carroll, she performed with the Carroll Wind Symphony as principal oboist for four years. She has also played with the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra, the Heritage Chorale of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Summer Philharmonia, and has been accepted into the annual National Band Association’s Wisconsin College Honor Band. Kaylyn has played with several regional orchestras, including the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, and the Racine Symphony Orchestra. She has received the Corabelle Carlisle Corbett Music Award for performance excellence, the Carroll University Outstanding Musician Award, and was featured as a concerto soloist in the Carroll University Fall 2010 concert series, “Into the Light.”
Kaylyn currently works at the Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center as the Bridge to Rediscovery Program Director, a program designed to help those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to flourish and rediscover the joys in everyday life.
Clarinetist Paula Leigeb is a 2007 graduate of Carroll College where she studied music, history, and art. During her time at Carroll, she served as principal chair for two and a half years in the Wind Symphony, was a member of the Senior Wind Quintet (Quintessence) for her entire college career, and concluded her formal training with a recital which she gave during her senior year with her colleague and friend, flautist Laura Holveck. Prior to college, Paula was a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony, MYSO Chamber Orchestra and Octet, WSMA State Honors Band as well as a finalist in the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Concerto Competition. She has also enjoyed performing as a pit orchestra musician for numerous productions over the years.
For her “day job”, Paula works as an administrative assistant, providing sales support for a business technologies dealership. In her free time, Paula enjoys gardening and being outdoors, spending time with her family and pup, Luna, dabbling in art & Design, and playing the bagpipes in a Milwaukee area pipe & drum band.
Alicia Storin began playing cello at the age of 10 with the public school music program in her hometown of Mequon, WI, and continued her studies in middle school and high school with Greg Mathews of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Alicia earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities under the tutelage of Tanya Remenikova in 2004, and her Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007, where she studied with Stephen Geber. Upon her return to Milwaukee, Alicia served as cellist in the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music at UW - Milwaukee, where she graduated with a performance certificate under Stefan Kartman.
As a founding member of local ensemble Cadance Collective, Alicia works with musicians and dancers to create collaborative performance pieces using innovative musical scores and original choreography. Alicia has also performed at both the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and American Players Theatre as the cellist/Muse in 'An Iliad,' opposite Wisconsin favorite, actor James DeVita. Storin also frequently solos with Camerata Milwaukee, a local baroque ensemble with which she performs as a core member. An avid chamber musician, Alicia, in addition the the Monarch Ensemble, is also a member of the Riso Quartet, a piano quartet made up of Milwaukee musicians she originally started collaborating with through the Institute of Chamber Music at UWM. Always up for a good road trip, Alicia and composer Sean Neukom are in the post-production stages of several recording projects for NeuKraft Records, based in Pittsburgh, PA. Find out more at www.aliciastorin.com